Roy Sentjens admits to doping and retires

Belgian cyclist Roy Sentjens who rides for the Milram team announced his retirement from the sport on Saturday after admitting taking the banned blood booster EPO.

Roy was born on December 15 1980

Roy received a  provisional ban on Wednesday from cycling’s ruling body the UCI triggered by his positive test for EPO in an out-of-competition control in August.

Sentjens had this to say on his personal website.

“I didn’t ask for the second ‘B’ sample (to be tested) because I knew what it would contain,” he wrote.

“I want to apologise to everyone who believed in me.”

The 29-year-old cyclist went on to explain how he had come to obtain the drug.

“I wanted a contract, I have a new house, a son, a car…I made a mistake. In a flash I drove to Barcelona. I was set to visit all the chemists where I could find EPO. From the second (pharmacy) I had what I wanted.

“On August 16 I was tested. I knew already that I was finished.”

EPO can significantly enhance performance by boosting the oxygen-rich red blood cells in the blood.

Sentjens, who was born in Holland but took out Belgian citizenship in 2005, retires with four wins after nine years as a professional rider during which time he rode for Rabobank (2002-2006), Predictor (2007), Silence (2008), then Milram.